Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lissa Trevor on Getting in the Mood to Write

Welcome Guest Author
Lissa Trevor
to the blog!

I'm happy to welcome Lissa Trevor to the blog today to talk about the great topic of how to get in the mood to write. Lots of people ask me, "What happens when you have writer's block?" To which I answer, "I force myself to write." Contracted deadlines rarely give a writer the luxury of deciding not to write, so Lissa's post offers some useful advice on how to make sure you do it every day. Take it away, Lissa...


Getting in The Mood: How to Write Every Day

If you’ve got stories in your head just dying to be let out, the hard part of writing is finding time to write.  But at the end of the day, sometimes all I want to do is kick back with a glass of wine and watch Game of Thrones on HBO, read a book, or knit something soft and fuzzy.  And during the weekend, I’ve got my house to clean, chores to do, and time to spend with my family.  That’s not a lot of time left to write.  The best way I’ve found to clear out time to write is to schedule it in just like a doctor’s appointment and stick to it.  Finding that sweet spot, however, is the tough part.

Some writers set the clock an hour or so early to get their writing time in.  That’s just not me.  I’m not a morning person and I don’t wake up fresh as a daisy.  But it might work for you.  John Grisham used to write on a legal pad during the down time of his day job, on lunch and during train or bus rides.  I tend to take a long time to get going and then when I’m on a roll, I don’t want to hit the brakes just for a silly thing like my boss wanting a report on his desk by three p.m. However, if you’ve got some holes in your day, make sure you always have a notebook or an app on your tablet or phone to help jot down ideas and plot points. 

Then, there’s what I do.  When I’m not on deadline, I write from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night.  This time slot works for me because dinner is done, my son is in bed and I don’t have anything else weighing on me.  If I didn’t get a chance to do it before eight, I can do it after ten – or put it off until tomorrow. 

When I am on deadline those times get stretched:  eight to midnight and if that’s not cutting it, six to midnight (My family has to fend for themselves for supper that week and I do a lot of freezer meals and crock pot dishes.) and all day Sunday.

I’m also crazy.  Not everyone is going to have two hours a day.  But everyone does have some wiggle room in their schedule.  The key is finding it.  In some cases, you might have to give something up that you really enjoy – at least until the book is done.  For example, if I didn’t have my nights free – like if I had to work two jobs?  I would give up a portion of my sleep time and set that alarm clock earlier.  I’d do it in stages, though, so my body didn’t rebel.  A half hour for a few weeks and then build up to my two hour block.  The thought of having to do that is so unpleasant to me, though!  But you know what would be more unpleasant?  Not being able to write.  So if the getting up early didn’t work, I’d try something different.  Maybe I’d write during my day job’s lunch hour and my night job’s break and finish up with an hour before bed?  If I was a stay at home Mom and had to care for my children and domestic engineer there are no lunch breaks.  So maybe I’d look into play dates where, I’d trade off with another Mom.  When the kids are at the play date, that’s my block of writing time for the week.  Or I’d take a five hour energy drink and put in an hour after everyone was in bed.  Or I’d talk into a microphone while we were going for walks and transcribe it later.  And I have to admit, I’ve also used the television for a ½ hour writing sprint.  I don’t know what it is about that purple dinosaur, but if it wasn’t for Barney, I wouldn’t have been able to take a shower for the first three years of my son’s life.

When I get my butt into the chair, utilizing the time so I’m not daydreaming plotting in my head or dilly-dallying around on the internet researching is almost as important as finding time to write.  During the day, long before I sit in my writing chair, I decide what I’m going to work on that night.  I try to hit two thousand words, so it’s going to be either a scene or a group of scenes.  Then I let the back brain percolate on it for the rest of the day.  If I come up empty or have written myself into a corner, I write another section of the book.  One of my favorite things to do when I’ve got writer’s block is to write the final chapter – complete with THE END.  I find that motivates me to fill in the middle so I can have a finished product.

In my new release, SPANK ME, MR. DARCY, I was in luck because I already knew the beginning, middle and end and have known the characters since high school.  All I had to do was write in the explicit parts that went on behind the scenes of Ms. Austen’s wonderful novel and in my dirty little mind.

Finding time to write is a lot like finding time for yourself, in that a lot of writers put it low on their things to do list.  Some days are like that.  There are days when I’m going to bed with my son at eight p.m.  There are days when I’m writing past midnight when my fingers are still going strong, but my eyelids are closing.  Making an ironclad appointment will eventually make daily writing a habit and you’ll find yourself scheduling things around your writing time.
Netherfield, infamous for its debauched parties of excess and luxury, has a new Master.

 After finagling an invitation to the ball, Elizabeth Bennet is introduced to the powerful and prideful Mr. Darcy, while her sister Jane has captivated the new owner, Mr. Bingley.  Having contented herself with the pleasurable caresses of her best friend, Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth is intrigued with the sensuality she finds at Netherfield. But it isn’t until her sister Jane is taken ill and Elizabeth stays at Netherfield to nurse her back to health that she finds the dungeons of Netherfield and the man in the black mask who becomes her Master.

 By the time she leaves Netherfield, Elizabeth will have become disenchanted with her childhood playmate and obsessed with Mr. Darcy, her Master, who has told her that she would be more marriageable as a Netherfield submissive than as a curious virgin.  Elizabeth holds on to her affront at his callous regard for her until Charlotte marries Mr. Collins and Jane is discarded by Mr. Bingley.  Unwilling to save herself for a man who'll make a good match and determined not to suffer Jane's heartbreak, when she meets Mr. Darcy again at Rosings Park, she decides to become his slave and offers him her virginity.

 But when she finds out that her cruel Master has destroyed Jane’s chance at marriage with Mr. Bingley, she rejects Mr. Darcy – even as he reluctantly proposes marriage to her. It isn’t until he saves her sister Lydia’s reputation and brings Jane and Bingley together, that Elizabeth realizes that she loves him. If he still loves her, she would be most willing to take her punishment for rejecting him – and live happily ever after.

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Lissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community.  Spank Me Mr. Darcy is her debut novel from Riverdale Avenue Books.  She is a frequent reader at Manhattan's Between The Covers events, where her novellas Wild Oats and Timelash from Coliloquy’s Entwined volumes 1 & 2 have been very popular.  Lissa also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy's ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other. You can find her at http://lissatrevor.wordpress.com/

How do you make sure you write every day?

Thanks for reading!
Laura

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